As we get started on fantasy baseball offseason for keeper leagues, here's the links for this week for the minor leagues. I am planning on trying to write up specific prospects for fantasy purposes during the offseason, and am looking for suggestions, so please comment with players who you're interested in hearing about for fantasy. I will take a look at some and see which ones are the most interesting for our purposes.
Baseball America has started to release their top 10 lists for the 2012 season. You can find the schedule here, and they started out with the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Not a huge surprise, as Julio Teheran was their #1 prospect in the Braves' system. To me, the most interesting name on this list is #4, Andrelton Simmons. I plan on taking a look at him later in the offseason, but he's a target for keeper leagues to be sure. Just remember that he is likely to start in AA, and isn't likely to be in the Majors until late 2013 at the soonest.
John Sickels over at Minor League Ball wrote up a brief analysis comparing his Atlanta Braves top 10 to the Baseball America one. Very similar lists, but it's interesting to see how John notices what differences occurred, and why.
John also released his top 20 list for the Detroit Tigers on Monday. This system really seems like it's a bit devoid of high-ceiling talent at the moment, but having Jacob Turner and Nick Castellanos should still help this system overall.
Baseball Prospectus also started releasing their lists, as Kevin Goldstein posted his top 10 for the Astros. The farm system is actually not as bad as I initially thought, but nearly all of the top half of their system was acquired this year either via trade or the draft. The name that I did not expect to see so high on this list is #4, Brett Oberholtzer.
The Arizona Fall League announced the Rising Stars game rosters via their Twitter feed on Tuesday. You can see the rosters after the jump...
|East Roster||West Roster|
|Pitching Staff||Pitching Staff|
|Steve Ames||RHP||LAD||Nate Adcock||RHP||KCR|
|Charles Brewer||RHP||ARI||Anthony Bass||RHP||SD|
|Chris Carpenter||RHP||CHC||Brad Boxberger||RHP||CIN|
|David Carpenter||RHP||LAA||Jed Bradley||LHP||MIL|
|Gerrit Cole||RHP||PIT||Cory Burns||RHP||CLE|
|Jacob Diekman||LHP||PHI||Wes Etheridge||RHP||TOR|
|Terry Doyle||RHP||CHW||Preston Guilmet||RHP||CLE|
|Trey McNutt||RHP||CHC||J.J. Hoover||RHP||ATL|
|Kevin Munson||RHP||ARI||Danny Hultzen||LHP||SEA|
|Rob Scahill||RHP||COL||Jeremy Jeffress||RHP||KCR|
|Casey Weathers||RHP||COL||Taylor Whitenton||RHP||NYM|
|East Catchers||West Catchers|
|Jason Castro||C||HOU||Christian Bethancourt||C||ATL|
|Derek Norris||C||WAS||Kyle Skipworth||C||FLA|
|East Infielders||West Infielders|
|Nolan Arenado||3B||COL||Matt Adams||1B||STL|
|Brian Dozier||SS||MIN||Tyler Bortnick||2B||TAM|
|Junior Lake||SS/3B||CHC||Christian Colon||SS||KCR|
|Will Middlebrooks||3B||BOS||Matt Dominguez||3B||FLA|
|Joe Panik||2B||SF||Nick Franklin||SS||SEA|
|Ben Paulsen||1B||COL||Mike Olt||3B||TEX|
|Jean Segura||SS||LAA||Joe Terdoslavich||1B||ATL|
|East Outfielders||West Outfielders|
|Xavier Avery||OF||BAL||Michael Choice||OF||OAK|
|Robbie Grossman||OF||PIT||Jaff Decker||OF||SD|
|Bryce Harper||OF||WAS||Anthony Gose||OF||TOR|
|Mike Trout||OF||LAA||Mikie Mahtook||OF||TAM|
|Tim Wheeler||OF||COL||Wil Myers||OF||KCR|
David Heck of Roto Hardball takes a look at some of the minor leaguers playing in the Carribean Winter Leagues.
Bullpen Banter has released their first list, their top 15 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Interestingly, they have a list from two different of their writers, and the top 7 prospects in the system are exactly the same on both lists.
Adam Foster over at Project Prospect takes an interesting look at the top 100 lists from some of the major sites from 2010, and notes some interesting details on players omitted and the most valuable sleepers from these lists.
Over at Fangraphs, Marc Hulet kicked off their top 15 prospect lists with the Washington Nationals. Top draft pick Anthony Rendon came in at #2, and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to moving to 2B.